What is fitness?
It's no secret that working out is good for our heart, muscles, lungs, hormones, digestive, and our entire body.
When it comes to workouts, we can sometimes make it too complicated. I'm all for a routine, but lately with the busier my schedule has been, I've given myself permission to lighten up the pressure that I was putting on myself to have the perfect workout. I decided that me just doing SOMETHING is better than doing nothing at all, even if that something is walking my dog for 30 minutes and then sprinting out the last block with her. Nike really had it right when they said Just Do It.
I also believe that you don't have to have one type of workout that you stick to and cannot waver from, changing it up can be so much fun! I love the days when I'm able to work on max Olympic or power lifting lifts, or even do a Mark Riptoe Starting Strength workout, but I've also found many other types of workouts that I absolutely enjoy and also keep me on my toes because of how different they are.
Some of the variety that I have enjoyed are:
Did you also know that gaining one pound of muscle = up to 50 extra calories burnt while at rest? That means that if I was to gain 10 lbs. of muscle I could burn an extra 500 calories at rest.
This is one of my favorite podcasts/articles where Dr. Andy Galpin talks about "The 3 Things Most People Don't Know About Muscle." He discusses more of the physical make-up of our muscles and their function in the body and it is fascinating! I love our bodies, how they recover, how strong they are, and how complex even our cells and muscles are in supporting us throughout tough workouts.
I recently listened to the two part podcast episode on "Fitness" from Gurl Gone Green by Suzi Swope, where she and Dr. Matt Angove discussed the importance of fitness. This is one of the best podcast's I've ever heard on this topic. They discuss how working out benefits your body, how to live a balanced life, types of workouts, which workouts more efficient than others, and so much more. You can check both out here: Fitness Part 1 and Fitness Part 2.
Remember: Push yourself through the hard workouts, you're always capable of more than you think, and your brain will give up before your body does. What are you favorite ways to be active or what routine have you found that works best for you??